Date: 22nd May 2018 at 12:38pm
Written by:

Written by Rob Wildey – Editor

Jonathan Grounds hasn’t always been a firm favourite with Birmingham City fans. Indeed, he will never be the most technically gifted footballer. But what he lacks in flair and skill, he makes up for with honesty and reliability in abundance.

This summer could be make or break for the 30-year-old as far as his time at St. Andrew’s is concerned.

With 170 appearances over four season’s under his belt, Grounds has been a virtual ever-present under five managers before Garry Monk’s arrival in March. In many ways, he can count himself a little unfortunate. After a solid first half of last season, Grounds suffered a medial knee ligament injury which kept him out for three months.

While Grounds was undergoing An intensive rehabilitation programme, Steve Cotterill was sacked and Monk was appointed. The new boss wasted no time in thrusting Wes Harding into the spotlight and the youngster repaid his faith with some eye-catching performances which minimised the impact Grounds’ absence had on the team.

Above – Jonathan Grounds in action for Blues

Grounds has been earmarked as a possible outgoing this summer as Monk looks to rebuild the team. With Harding and Maxime Colin very much first choice in opposite full-back berths, Grounds may find himself surplus to requirements. Either that or he may have to accept a bit-part role to stay at the club.

Monk has used Grounds sparingly since taking the reins. That will be in the forefront of his mind when deciding what course of action to take. Monk is unlikely to actively place Grounds on the transfer list but he is just as unlikely to stand in his way should an interested suitor make themselves known.

For now, Grounds will aim to impress during pre-season to prove his worth or, at the very least, put himself in the shop window.

Follow Vital Blues on Twitter

 

3 Replies to “A make-or-break summer for Blues defender”

  • He has been a 7/10 for his time at blues . I would keep him as a reliable squad player.
    I don’t think we would get much for him on the transfer market. May save blues some money which we could use in other areas.
    KRO

  • ‘IF’ Garry Monk has transfer listed Grounds, then I would think he’s got someone in mind to replace him.
    Being sarcastic about Monks decision to listen to offers for him doesn’t help.
    Monks got a plan of how to improve us and move us forward and we should all get behind him, he knows what he’s doing.
    I’m sick and tiered of us continually struggling, season after season, if we need to move everyone of the players that have been with us for the last 3 or 4 or more seasons, then so be it.
    Left back is one of several positions that need improvement and has needed improving for some time.
    Every manager since Clark signed him, have tried to replace him.
    I know Kieta was bought in as a replacement, and didn’t work as a left back at the time, but it’ll be interesting to see if Monk does anything with him, although he’s probably better used further up the pitch, but we’ll have to wait and see.
    Whilst Grounds had one of his better seasons, up to his injury, if we can get a decent fee for him, then it will at least give Monk money to spend on players he wants.
    I remember the likes of Dennis, Dicks and Grainger, but it’s been some time since we’ve had anyone similar, I’m not comparing Grounds to any of them, we just need to improve dramatically in that position.
    Any criticism or sarcasm towards Monk and his plans, is not only far too early, but way off the mark. I feel Monk will achieve his objectives, and he will be a success with us.
    It’s time for optimism and hope, not pessimism and negativity.
    Monks a good young manager with something to prove, and prove it he will at Blues!!!!

    K R O

Your Comment